IMMIGRATION SOARS 20% AFTER LABOUR'S "CRACKDOWN"
Labour's supposedly tough points-based immigration system actually led to huge increases in foreign workers and students cleared to live in Britain, it emerged last night. Experts said the new Government had a 'mountain to climb' to bring migration under control.
Labour ministers, led by Gordon Brown, repeatedly claimed the Australian-style points system for non-EU nationals would reduce immigration. Economic migration was expected to fall by as much as 12 per cent. But analysis published last night showed that, in fact, it increased by 20 per cent - while the number of foreign students went up by more than 30 per cent.